Review: ‘The Professor in the Cage’ by Jonathan Gottschall

April 24, 2015 4:48 PM

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Review: ‘The Professor in the Cage’ by Jonathan Gottschall

Decades before he became a cage-fighting adjunct professor of literature, Jonathan Gottschall was bullied in school. He didn’t really blame his tormentors — “they were just alpha predators in a jungle, and I probably would have behaved the same way if I’d had the fangs and claws for it,” he explains — but he never forgot them, either.

So, in his late 30s, emasculated by his stalled academic career, Gottschall ventured across the road from the English department at Washington & Jefferson College into Mark Shrader’s Mixed Martial Arts Academy. Over two years, he sparred, absorbed punches and kicks, mastered takedowns and worked him...

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